Thousands flock to BBC Proms in the Park at Castle Coole, County Fermanagh

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Published: 11th September 2017

Photo courtesy of BBC Northern Ireland

Thousands of people enjoyed a magical evening of classical and contemporary music in the grounds of the National Trust property at Castle Coole, at this year’s BBC Proms in the Park at the weekend (Saturday, September 9).

An audience of around 5,000 were treated to a musical outdoor extravaganza featuring the Ulster Orchestra, under the baton of David Brophy, and an array of international and home-grown classical and contemporary music stars who performed against the striking backdrop of Castle Coole, in County Fermanagh.

Now in its 16th year the concert featured Sir James and Lady Jeanne Galway, internationally acclaimed percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie and sensational virtuoso violinist, Daniel Hope. The evening was further enhanced by one of the world’s biggest names in musical theatre, Ruthie Henshall. The multi-award winning singer and actress is best known for her lead roles in productions such as Chicago, Billy Elliot and Les Miserables which she has played on Broadway and London’s West End.

Fermanagh-born actor Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) joined the stellar line-up and was accompanied on the night by young harpist Richard Allen, one of the winners of the BBC Northern Ireland/Arts Council for Northern Ireland Young Musicians’ Platform Awards. The line-up was completed by an appearance of the acclaimed Irish ensemble, Anúna.

BBC Proms in the Park in Northern Ireland was supported by Tourism Northern Ireland and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council

BBC Northern Ireland’s Noel Thompson and Claire McCollum presented the concert and it was broadcast live locally and nationally on a variety of BBC platforms.

The event was part of the BBC’s prestigious Last Night of the Proms celebrations as once again Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and England hosted ambitious live events to mark the end of the world’s largest classical music festival.

A highlights programme from the Enniskillen concert will be shown on Sunday 24 September on BBC One Northern Ireland at 5.35pm.

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